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Our Biographies collection features articles profiling men and women, past and present, who have shaped the world in which we live. Among them you will find revolutionaries and role models, artists and inventors, statesmen and dictators. What motivated them? How did they think? How did they change the world? This collection puts the giants of human history into context and provides insight into their lives.

We invite you to explore the inspirations of Pablo Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe, observe the impact of Adam Smith, or decipher the mind of Sir Isaac Newton. Here you can go beyond the famous names and the ubiquitous myths to witness what made them great and what made them human.

They transformed their dreams into our reality. From the freedoms we enjoy to the manifold technological advances to the candy we eat, these individuals touched it all. And as we come to understand these transcendent figures, and the conditions that forged them, we expand our understanding of ourselves.


Presidents and Other Leaders
Thinkers and Innovators
Agricola, Georgius
Bakken, Earl E.
Bartram, John
Bohr, Niels
Borodin, Aleksandr
Boyle, Robert
Broglie, Louis de
Burnet, Macfarlane
Carrel, Alexis
Cournand, Andre
Ehrlich, Paul
Einstein, Albert
Euler, Leonhard
Faraday, Michael
Farnsworth, Philo T.
Feynman, Richard
Gibbs, Josiah Willard
Goldschmidt, Victor Moritz
Huxley, Julian
Jones, Marcus E.
Krebs, Hans
Kwolek, Stephanie
Landsteiner, Karl
Lawson, Andrew
Leopold, Aldo
Lin, Mow
Lomonosov, Mikhail Vasilyevich
Maury, Matthew Fontaine
Mendel, Johann Gregor
Morrison, Philip
Muir, John
Nansen, Fridtjof
Newton, Isaac
Oppenheimer, J. Robert
Ovshinsky, Stanford
Pauling, Linus
Ramanujan, Srinivasa
Roentgen, Wilhelm
Rutherford, Ernest
Schrodinger, Erwin
Schweitzer, Albert
Seaborg, Glenn
Teller, Edward
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